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Tokyo-EngrMar. 22, 2017 - 02:19PM JST
I do quite a bit of work in South Korea, sometimes working with Japanese and Korean engineers. It seems the younger generations have less of this animosity toward the other nation than those of older generations. This may not apply to the big picture but it is an observation.
I always thought if South Korea and Japan could form a closer relationship and partnership it would be very formidable.
By the way, now that North Korea has attempted to launch again today this seems more critical.
As for China; they have their own interests at heart and think very long term. I believe their long term objective is domination and leadership throughout East Asia. With all their problems they seem to have the ability to look decades ahead which is something the western world (especially my country of citizenship, the U.S.) lacks.
It would be interesting (if not terrible) to see what would happen inside of China if their economy collapsed.
In the end I hope South Korea and Japan can formulate close ties with the U.S. part of the alliance.
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Tokyo-EngrMar. 21, 2017 - 05:41PM JST
Looks really, really bad to me.
This completely contradicts a major portion of his campaign platform. He ran as an outsider wanting to change things and drain the swamp. Now he is doing what he campaigned against. Full disclosure I did not vote for Clinton (nor did I vote for Trump) and one of the reasons was the level of discomfort with family connections and using the name for personal gain. I felt uncomfortable with 2 Bushes as well. I never really saw Trump as fit for office but now another reason to feel discomfort with him as President.
I am not sure how anyone in their right mind could support this. Not only does it look bad but now more and more chances for corruption are big. Her husband is also an adviser there....it just gets stranger and stranger by the day.
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Tokyo-EngrMar. 21, 2017 - 01:15PM JST
This continues to get more interesting by the day. It will be interesting to see how Trump reacts to this. There are two distinct issues
So sure, maybe there was wiretapping occurring but my gut feeling this is more likely due to an investigation related to his business.
All in all this is more evidence Trump is not suitable to be President. If all of this continues, it is quite possible he will not make it through the first term.
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Tokyo-EngrMar. 21, 2017 - 10:07AM JST
I agree with Bertie. You cannot lump all of these together as they all have different mechanisms to treat and some (such as acupuncture) have been proven by study to provide cures to some ailments.
Some "indigenous techniques" have been used for 1000's of years and have been proven to be successful (while others have not)
I think this question is far too general.
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Tokyo-EngrMar. 20, 2017 - 11:01AM JST
@Bass and SuperLib - I actually agree with parts of both of what you have to say.
In my opinion the use of Twitter is childish and foolish. Again, someone needs to take away his toys...for lack of a better word.
Threatening our allies does not help and yes political correctness does not have much to do with this as the way Trump is handling this does not show well.
On the other hand, Bass makes a good point; Germany has been taking advantage of this situation for decades and Germany should pony up their fair share, not to the U.S., but to NATO.
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Tokyo-EngrMar. 20, 2017 - 09:53AM JST
@Goldorak - Very good post. I agree with you. Cultural differences aside the human species has much in common. As for me - I say to each their own. Someone is offering a service and there are those that need it. If everyone is satisfied in the end - well good for them. I am certainly in no place to judge them.
That said, I also agree with kohauebisu!! And going to the bar might end up being a bit more interesting!
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Tokyo-EngrMar. 19, 2017 - 04:02PM JST
@zichi - yes the money is not necessarily "owed to America" Germany needs to pay its fair share for the common defense - I agree with that clarification.
And yes @itsonlyrockandroll...Trump certainly does not have the required diplomacy skills for the office
Tokyo-EngrMar. 19, 2017 - 01:44PM JST
itsonlyrockandroll - Thank you for your post. If people remove the emotions about Trump (whether they like him or not) he is right on this issue. No comment on the other parts of the article. Guess he is never going to stop with the childish tweeting.
Tokyo-EngrMar. 17, 2017 - 06:56AM JST
Jeff - I do not see my statements as being contradictory at all. At what point should the hammering of Trump stop? There is an interesting opinion piece on this below, whi
I believe Tillerson is not fit for his job. I do not believe all of his appointments are bad. Mattis as Defense Secretary was a good choice.
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Tokyo-EngrMar. 16, 2017 - 04:54PM JST
I am not a Trump supporter and do not he him fit for office. On the other hand I think the media is very biased against him (and there are some that think this is the right way to deal with him) and there are some issues where it is senseless to try to attack him.
However I cannot even begin to comprehend the appointment of Tillerson to the Secretary of State position. It shows a tremendous lack of judgment or understand of what it takes to run the U.S. government.
I think Tillerson is likely out of his league on this.
Tokyo-EngrMar. 16, 2017 - 04:46PM JST
@Sangetsu - Although I do not agree with you on the fuel standards issue, there are quite a few things in your post I agree with, and I think those with a liberal bent (as I do) would agree with you as well (allowing bigger companies to get bigger, your thoughts on the banks, etc.)
Additionally if you look at the U.S. ranking in the world in every meaningful category (education, infant mortality, health metrics such as obesity, cost of health care and drugs, access to healthcare, etc., etc., etc.) we are no longer in the top 20 when many years ago the U.S. was always near the top. There is alot of truth to what you say. We have spent more money but have not accomplished much. As an engineer I see how few American kids go into science and engineering and it saddens me.
As stated, I disagree with you on fuel standards however. I think upping the bar is a good idea in this account and they could actually allow newer companies to enter the market. As PTownsend says the companies in the referenced article may in fact flame out.....but I would imagine a few of them will be here to stay.
Time will tell.
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Tokyo-EngrMar. 16, 2017 - 07:24AM JST
Zichi - The drywell at Daichi is greater than 100cm thick as you said. There have been some interesting Melt Spreading and Core to Concrete interaction analysis done but I think they are re-performing the calcs based on new information. Also from what I understand the possibility of fuel breaching primary containment is still on the table.
Tokyo-EngrMar. 15, 2017 - 05:25PM JST
Albaleo - thanks and yes you are absolutely right....in the Mark 1 BWR it is in primary containment vessel. The fuel is outside the Reactor Pressure Vessel. Re-reading my original post it was a bit confusing.... Now that the actual fuel is in the dry well the risk is compromising the dry well (concrete and reinforcing steel/rebar) as well as spreading of the fuel.
It is now a much more complicated scenario to remove the fuel or perform any other operations related to cleaning up the mess.
Tokyo-EngrMar. 15, 2017 - 04:06PM JST
Yes...I always use the term FaCIAbook....
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I am also perplexed about the tax returns. I wonder if other years are different. However he is audited nearly every year so I would imagine the tax returns are at least fairly straight up.
Regardless....what a very, very strange place and political environment the U.S. has devolved into.
Makes one wonder...
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Tokyo-EngrMar. 15, 2017 - 12:00PM JST
@laguna - I just stated what tax he paid and the income. Of course he would not pay any more than he had to!!! You would not as you stated and neither would I. In the end this was a non story. Trump has numerous other problems and issues which call into question his fitness for duty as President.
By the way, I also hate the alternative minimum tax. For the same reason as Trump? I am not sure. It is a very complicated calculation. I agree with whoever wants to simplify the U.S. tax code, such to the point it becomes almost a flat tax with 3 or 4 brackets and very, very minimal deductions. Regardless I would want to get rid of that tax also.
Simplify the thing so it is fair. If is amazing to compare the thickness of my Japanese tax return and U.S. tax return.
Tokyo-EngrMar. 15, 2017 - 11:27AM JST
Haha - right Mark? Tell us about the big funding boost from Accel partners
Tokyo-EngrMar. 15, 2017 - 10:53AM JST
Well....the leaked 2005 tax returns ended up being a non story. He paid a higher effective tax 25% than the leakers, 24%.
The other leaks may have some teeth. Is there a deep state behind this? Who knows? Regardless of whether these leaks are against Trump or against Clinton (or whoever) it is a shame the U.S. government has devolved to the point where we need leaks to get transparency.
Tokyo-EngrMar. 15, 2017 - 10:36AM JST
@zichi.....yes it is amazing how few people realize the difference between Daiichi and Chernobyl. Encasement is most likely not technically feasible, especially now that we know the core has reached the drywell (which poses other problems). The fact the fuel is in the drywell makes it much, much more difficult to remove.
How old are you (this is relative to whether this will be fixed in your lifetime)? I am well into my 50's and this work will not be complete in my lifetime for sure.
I am not sure about the time frame to deal with this issue - I think it could be less than 60 years if technology develops to solve the problem (which is possible).
The cost issue is huge - I fully agree with you that this will go well beyond what was originally expected.
I agree that perhaps in the beginning the government and industry wanted to show everyone that this can be dealt with and overcome but I think people are starting to realize this is not the case.
Tokyo-EngrMar. 15, 2017 - 10:22AM JST
@lesenfant - If the geography permitted I think most would agree with you - completely! However entombing the units requires full entombment (including going underneath them) which is a huge challenge in and of itself.
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